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A tax hike to help pay for new subways? Strategizing. Five Scarborough councillors pitch a 1% hike; a sixth defects to the LRT camp

it’s bella at the beach March temperatures rising Three-year-old Ellanoyre McIntyre basks in the warm sun with her dog, Bella, while visiting the beach with her godmother. If winter felt more like spring, then the first day of spring felt as hot and hazy as summer. A normal high for this time of year is 6 C. We might see a record 26 C by Thursday. As a result, trees are budding and flowers are sprouting. COLIN MCCONNELL/TORstar news service

Mayor Rob Ford’s allies scrambled to find a compromise that would get council support Wednesday for subway construction on Sheppard Avenue, even as another ally came out solidly for surface light rail. Five pro-subway Scarborough councillors met Ford Monday to pitch proposals the mayor’s office could turn into a

motion for council to consider, said Coun. Michael Thompson. Thompson said that, as far as he’s concerned, a propertytax increase has to be one of a range of revenue ideas the city will need. A parking levy that could produce $90 million a year for the subway was also discussed, said Thompson (Ward 37-Scarborough Centre). “Clearly there is the parking levy. There is also the possibility of one per cent (tax increase) dedicated for transit,” he said. “There’s got to be a way to finance it. That’s what we’re bringing to the table.” The five Scarborough

councillors — Thompson, Norm Kelly, Mike Del Grande, Michelle Berardinetti and Paul Ainslie — told the mayor “what we believed we should act upon.” There were signs Tuesday afternoon that Ford’s office was poised to announce his support for a revenue-raising plan, if it got the support of key centrist councillors. But no announcement came. Centrist and left-leaning councillors were also strategizing about how to get an LRT-based transit plan that doesn’t alienate Scarborough residents. torstar news service

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Long after completion, St. Clair streetcar getting mixed reviews Transit. It’s still getting bad press, but the streetcar right-of-way may have been a rite of passage for St. Clair Shrouded in a dusty cloud of controversy from the outset, the St. Clair streetcar’s dedicated lane still draws mixed reviews nearly two years after its completion. But if the St. Clair streetcar is the disaster being touted by Mayor Rob Ford, there are few current signs of it on the street, or in the statistics. Condo hoardings and stylish restaurants are elbowing out empty storefronts, suggesting the streetcar right-ofway may have been a rite of passage for St. Clair. If city council votes as expected Wednesday, in favour of light rail on Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough will get a version of transit that is superior even to St. Clair, which is significantly improved because it now runs on its own lane, says TTC Service Planning manager Mitch Stambler. “Industry best-practice LRT, as per Sheppard or Finch,


“The streetcar just adds to the beauty of it, to the upscaleness of it.”


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has stops further apart so the light-rail vehicles can really get going. The speed and reliability will be dramatically faster and reliable,” he said. TTC officials have admitted project management on the St. Clair right of way was a painful lesson in how not to build transit. But there have been gains. Round-trip times are down 14 per cent on average. A midday Saturday trip has been reduced to 56 minutes from 70. Ridership of 32,400 people daily on the 512 streetcar is up 13 per cent overall since pre-construction days in 2005, Stambler says. Still, Sutton Group realtor Josie Stern is on the fence about how much the streetcar right-of-way has contributed to higher property values in the area, where housing prices have risen 35 to 40 per cent — “a bit more than the city as a whole.” TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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“Personally I prefer subways but St. Clair is not as bad as people make it out to be,” says Beau Acapella, who owns a men’s clothing shop with his brother Victor. “It is nice to see people travelling above ground so that they see your store and area has been re-zoned for higher rise buildings,” he said Tuesday. STEVE RUSSELL/TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Accused child killer Michelle Liard giggled nervously but otherwise maintained her composure as she told a Brampton courtroom she didn’t help her ex-boyfriend murder a Mississauga Grade 8 student. “Did you want Rafal LaSota to kill Aleksandra Firgan-Hewie?” her defence lawyer, Daniel Brodsky, asked in court on Tuesday. “No,” Liard replied in a clear voice. LaSota sat bolt upright and stared at his former lover as

she described him as the sole killer of Firgan-Hewie, 13, on Dec. 10, 2008. Liard and LaSota are each charged with first-degree murder in Firgan-Hewie’s death. LaSota has cried frequently during the trial but he controlled his tears as Liard told the jury he’s a killer who acted alone the night the schoolgirl was stabbed 37 times and beaten repeatedly. Liard quickly distanced herself from LaSota, who one of her former friends

Testimony Liard said she did wash out some of LaSota’s bloody clothing but didn’t help him dispose of the body, which was found in a fetal position, stuffed into a garbage bag in LaSota’s backyard.

described as her fiancé in earlier testimony. She took the stand in a conservative charcoal grey pantsuit.

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Fewer cops earning six-figure salaries Data. Toronto Police Service employs close to 8,000 people The number of Toronto police officers who earned more than $100,000 was down in 2011 compared with the year before. And there may be a simple explanation: The G20 summit. In 2010, overtime charged

by police-service employees for the leaders’ summit helped push the earnings of 2,159 of them over the six-digit mark. Last year, no event even came close. Some 2,027 employees earned $100,000 or more in 2011 — 132 fewer than the previous year, even taking into account wage gains. Police Chief Bill Blair did eliminate many senior command positions in a restruc-

turing last year, but those reductions had yet to show any effect in the 2011 salary numbers. The Toronto Police Services Board released the statistics Tuesday under the Public Sector Disclosure Act. Of the 2,027 who topped $100,000 in 2011, 1,569 had a base salary lower than that — but premium pay and other payouts, such as final vacation pay, pushed them over

the mark. Premium pay is the result of court attendance, overtime and call-backs, when members are requested to return to work for various operational reasons or special projects. In 2011, the top base salary was $102,719 for a sergeant/ detective and $91,398 for a first-class constable. In 2010, those figures were $99,530 and $88,563, respectively. torstar news service

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Education. Full-day kindergartners faring better, study finds

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Kids enrolled in Ontario’s full-day kindergarten are better at early reading skills and math — even drawing — than those who are at school half-days, say initial findings from a longer-term study of the province’s youngest students. The study, to be released Wednesday, found senior kindergarten students were ahead in vocabulary, knowledge of the alphabet, phonological/letter sound awareness, reading, and even “produced more complex drawings than control-group children and included more details on characters’ faces and bodies,” says Janette Pelletier, investigator for the study and a long-time kindergarten researcher. The results come on the heels of a commitment by the premier and education minister to keep the pricey program after economist Don Drummond suggested scrap-

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ping it — or at least slowing it down — because it will cost the province more than $1.5 billion a year when fully implemented in the fall of 2014. It began in the fall of 2010. Pelletier, of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, is following students at seven full-day schools in the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic board. torstar news service

Survey. Students want less government spending

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Ontario high school students were given the chance to weigh in on ongoing budget debates and they voted overwhelmingly to cut spending, but preferred that government leave health care and education alone. Instead, 81 per cent of the 1,367 surveyed supported an increase in “sin” taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gambling, while 65 per cent were in favour of increasing corporate taxes to raise revenue. Of those surveyed, 66 per cent chose health care among the seven major government sectors that should remain a spending priority, while 23 per cent chose education. CIVIX, a charity focused on civic education, surveys students from school boards across the province as part of the Ontario Student Budget Consultation. “It seems as though the

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students are showing a little bit more of a conservative side than you might expect,” said Taylor Gunn, president of CIVIX. They continued to come back to the conclusion that government is spending too much and that it needs to change, which is typically a conservative perspective, explained Gunn. torstar news service



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Ontario is creating two birthing centres in the province. Premier Dalton McGuinty says it will give expectant mothers more choice in where they have their babies.

Young Makena, 2, and a Canadian, says her mom’s YouTube channel, has garnered more than 1.6 million views of her singing along (more or less) to Adele’s ballad Someone like you.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will pay his respects to the victims of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami during his trip to Asia this week, his second to the Far East in two months.

Prosecutors on Tuesday were ordered to give Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer the phone numbers and addresses of those who have accused the former Penn State assistant football coach of child sex abuse.

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Grits won’t ban patio smoking: Matthews Health care. Calls for action made by two health agencies Ontario won’t ban smoking on bar and restaurant patios, Health Minister Deb Matthews says, despite a push to do so by two health agencies. “It’s not something under active consideration right now but I know many municipalities are looking at strengthening the antismoking provisions,” she said Tuesday after calls for action from Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario. New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said the Liberal government — in a minority government situation — is trying to play it “safe” instead of taking action to improve public health to save tax dollars on medical treatments. “If it’s harder for people to find places to light up, then they’re going to light up less often,” she told reporters, crediting the two provincial agencies for “pushing the envelope.” Matthews countered that the wide-ranging SmokeFree Ontario Act in place

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath STEVE RUSSELL/TORSTAR news service

Reports Two reports from the healthcare agencies also called for hiking tobacco taxes and setting minimum prices for alcoholic beverages.

for several years set a “minimum standard” for banning smoking in most public indoor places. “If municipalities want to build on that and do more, then that’s a conversation I think they should be having at the community level.” The problem with that approach is different municipalities end up with different standards, leading to a patchwork of different laws, said Horwath. Torstar news service

Quebec budget released as students continue to protest Students demonstrate in front of the convention centre, site of the provincial budget lock up, sitting on the street and partially blocking it, Tuesday in Quebec City. The province is nearly doubling tuition fees over five years. However, the rates for in-province students are so low that they would still be among the lowest in Canada. Students say it’s a question of principle — that even modest fee hikes will reduce access to education. More than 200,000 have joined a wave of “strikes” and walked out on their classes. Jacques Boissinot/ THE CANADIAN PRESS

Gym. Liberals won’t commit Tribute. NDP plan to name to mandatory classes party HQ after Jack Layton Ontario’s Liberal government wouldn’t commit Tuesday to adopting a recommendation from two provincial health agencies to make physical education classes mandatory all through high school. Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario released a joint report on ways to reduce the province’s 79

per cent death rate from various ailments including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases, some cancers and diabetes. “These largely preventable diseases diminish our quality of life, economy and communities,” concluded the two health agencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS

The federal New Democrats are set to name the Ottawa building housing party headquarters after the late Jack Layton. A confidential email obtained and verified by the Toronto Star reveals members of the NDP federal council are voting on a motion to rename party headquarters at 279 Laurier Ave. W. the “Jack Layton

Building” in honour of the leader who died last summer. The new name was to be unveiled as a surprise for Layton’s widow and fellow NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity–Spadina) and his family during a tribute to the former leader at the leadership convention in Toronto on Friday evening. torstar news service


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Two years, two broken lives Graham James is sentenced. Talk shows and Twitter aflame as hated hockey coach is sent to jail for hundreds of sex assaults on two players “The most hated man in hockey” became even more reviled Tuesday. Outrage across Canada was swift as former junior hockey coach Graham James was sentenced to two years in jail for hundreds of sexual assaults on two of his teenage players. Few seemed to agree the sentence fitted the crime. A spectator in the Winnipeg courtroom shouted “Yay!” then spat out a more colourful condemnation as James was led away in handcuffs. “Goodbye, you piece of (expletive),” the man said. Talk show phone lines lit up with people expressing harsh views of the sentence. Others took to Twitter to voice their disgust. “Graham James gets two

years for all the lives he’s ruined? Someone caught with weed gets a harsher sentence,” one person tweeted. “Is that justice?” Judge Catherine Carlson made James stand up in the prisoner’s box to hear his fate. The 59-year-old — looking gaunt, his head closely shaven — showed no emotion but simply answered “yes” when she asked him if he understood the sentence. James pleaded guilty in December to repeatedly sexually abusing retired NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt, when they played for him in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s and ’90s. Carlson said in her lengthy sentence summation: “There is no sentence this court can impose that will give back to Mr. Holt and Mr. Fleury that which was taken from them by Mr. James.” In Cochrane, Alta., Holt declared: “This sentence today is nothing short of a national travesty because we know that childhood abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country.” the canadian press

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“Graham James is laughing all the way back to the life he has always led, knowing that justice for him is but a blip on the radar.” Todd Holt, who, along with his cousin, NHLer Theo Fleury, was a victim of James.

“Obviously, it’s not a sentence we all want to see. At least he’s going back to jail.” Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, one of the original players to come forward with accusations to which James pleaded guilty in 1997.

Graham James, wearing a red ski mask that concealed most of his face, tries to hide from cameras as he arrives at the courthouse in Winnipeg on Tuesday. john woods/the canadian press

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Hunger strike. Palestinian prisoner in danger of dying, rights group says A Palestinian woman who has refused food for the past month to protest her imprisonment by Israel without formal charges is in grave danger of dying, a medical rights group said Tuesday. Hana Shalabi lost 31 pounds, her muscles are wasting and she is in excruciating pain, said Ran Cohen of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, which has provided her a doctor. She has taken only water since her arrest on Feb. 16. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Palestinians protest in support of Hana Shalabi, seen in poster. Mohammed Ballas/the associated press

Syrian conflict

Another rebel stronghold seized by military

A Tillsonburg, Ont., man wanted on sexual assault and child pornography charges has been returned to Canada by U.S. authorities after he served his prison sentence in the U.S.

Syrian soldiers backed by tanks seized the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from rebels on Tuesday, the latest opposition stronghold to fall to an offensive by the better-equipped Syrian military. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Model law. Israel bans hiring underweight women Told she was too fat to be a model, Danielle Segal shed a quarter of her weight and was hospitalized twice for malnutrition. Now that a new Israeli law prohibits the employment of underweight models, the 19-year-old must gain some of it back if she wants to work again. At 5-7, she weighed 116

Manhunt underway in France for gunman Deadly attacks. Authorities suspect man behind a school shooting is responsible for other attacks

Convicted child predator returned to Canada

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pounds to begin with. Feeling pressure to become ever thinner, she dropped another 29 pounds. The legislation aims to put a stop to the extremes and ease the pressure on youngsters to emulate the skin-and-bones models. the associated press

Police spread out across southern France by the hundreds Tuesday, hunting for an expert gunman suspected in three deadly attacks who may have neo-Nazi ties or grudges against minorities. The manhunt took place as friends and family tearfully mourned four people slain at close range Monday at a Jewish school in the city of Toulouse — a rabbi, his two young sons and a young girl. Authorities suspect the killer was also behind two recent attacks in the same area on French paratroopers that left three soldiers dead and one seriously wounded. The victims were of North African and French Caribbean backgrounds. A “monster” is on the loose in France, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared, vowing to track him down. Focus fell Tuesday on three paratroopers who had been expelled from their regiment

near Toulouse in 2008 for neo-Nazi sympathies, a police official said. The killer on Monday handled large-calibre guns with expertise, leading some to suspect he had a military or police background. France was reeling Tuesday after Monday’s shooting, the deadliest school shooting in the country and the bloodiest attack on Jewish targets in decades. Schools across the country held a moment of silence Tuesday to honour the victims, who were heading to Israel for burial. Interior Minister Claude Gueant described the suspect as “someone very cold, very determined, very much a master of his movements, and by consequence, very cruel.” Gueant said the attacker was wearing a camera around his neck that could be used to film and post video online. He said that gave investigators new clues to the killer’s “profile,” although he admitted they don’t appear close to an arrest. He mentioned the three paratroopers who had been kicked out but insisted it was just one of many leads being investigated and “not favoured any more than the others.” the canadian press

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“There are beings who have no respect for life. When you grab a little girl to put a bullet in her head, without leaving her any chance, you are a monster. An anti-Semitic monster, but first of all a monster.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to track down the gunman.

A youngster cries against a hearse following a ceremony Tuesday at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, where a gunman opened fire killing four people in Toulouse, France. Remy de la Mauviniere/the associated press Police probe • Police are investigating the possibility that the killer is a former soldier with psychological troubles and racist and anti-Semitic views.

• One soldier was briefly held then released over the weekend after the paratrooper killings but before the school shooting, a police official said.

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Should your employer be your ‘friend’? Privacy concerns Social media. Some companies and akin to requiring someone’s house keys. ... government agencies “It’s (It’s) an egregious privacy violation.” are asking job Orin Kerr, law professor applicants for access to George Washington University their Facebook account

Robert Collins of Baltimore was asked for his Facebook login and password during an interview for a job as a security guard. Steve Ruark/the associated press

In their efforts to vet job applicants, some companies and U.S. government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead are asking to log in as the user to have a look around. Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is the

focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks. Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publicly available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. But many users, especially on Fa-

cebook, have their profiles set to private, making them available only to selected people or certain networks. Companies that don’t ask for passwords have taken other steps — such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Asking for a candidate’s password is more prevalent

among public agencies, especially those seeking to fill law enforcement positions such as police officers. Back in 2010, Robert Collins was returning to his job as a security guard at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services after taking a leave following his mother’s death. During a reinstatement interview, he was asked for his login and password, purportedly so the agency could check for any gang affiliations. He was stunned by the request but complied. “I needed my job to feed my family. I had to,” he recalled. the associated press

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Old rules trip migrant workers Education. Rural citizens working in big Chinese cities can’t send their kids to public school there, and some parents are protesting

Urban vs. rural In China, citizens are classified as urban or rural, according to their Hukou, or residential permit. • Double standard. People with urban Hukou have access to state-allocated jobs while people with rural Hukou are expected to be more “self-reliant.”

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Every last Thursday of each month, hundreds of parents gather in front of the Complaint Bureau at the Education Ministry in Beijing. You won’t hear anyone shouting or see any placards. As usual, policemen film every protester. Eventually, they will ask everybody to disperse. For three years, these fathers and mothers have been asking to meet high-rank officials in vain. Like seven million people in Beijing, a third of the capital’s population, they are all migrant workers who moved to the capital to work and raise a family. Treated like outsiders, their kids can’t go to local school nor can they attend exams in the city. This is the main discrimination caused by the Hukou

• Ask the police. Officially, Chinese people need approval from local police if they want to move out. • In practice. Since China relies on cheap labour, it hardly prevents workers from travelling from their rural homes to factories.

Pupils in the poor backcountry of Hubei province will have to study hard, and struggle, if they want to go to university. Jordan Pouille/Metro world news

system in China, a centuries-old system of household registration. “Now we have 11,000 signatures, plus 87,000 people who joined our online group anonymously,” says Madam Yang from north China’s Shanxi province, who works as a maid for a wealthy Beijing family. “With my husband, we have been working

hard to buy a small flat. We’re proud to pay our taxes here, but we still feel like secondclass citizens. Our child can’t enjoy basic public services like school.” The Yangs also don’t have health or unemployment benefits. Last month, China introduced a law to ban Hukou restrictions in mid-size cities,

but not in major cities like Beijing or Shanghai. Without legal access to city schools, where do these migrant kids end up? “A donation can change many things,” says a mother of twins, from Sichuan province, who wished to remain anonymous. “After negotiating, the principal asked me to make a donation, plus the tu-

ition fees. He said the school will buy three TV sets with my money.” She gave 20,000 yuans ($3,100) or seven months’ salary. Parents who can’t pay a lot and don’t send their kids back to their hometown have no choice but to rely on shabby, poorly subsidized migrant schools, places that offer low education with

poor facilities. Last year, 23 of them in Beijing were shut down for “safety reasons.” Eventually, kids of migrant parents will face one more struggle before university: the Gaokao, a higher education entrance exam. As Metro noticed, it’s not unusual for rural high school teenagers to study seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Evolution. Have scientists discovered a new human species? Scientists have discovered a new population of prehistoric humans in southwest China leading evolutionary experts to question if the discovery represents a new form of human species or previously unknown ancestors of modern-day humans. The Red Deer Cave people — named after one of the two caves they were found in — are “anatomically unique among all members of the human evolutionary tree” with their skulls featuring a mixture of primitive, contemporary and unusual features, says Darren Curnoe, a human evolution specialist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and one of the scientists who led the discovery. Unusual features include New discovery

“After picking up my own jaw off the floor we both realized we had potentially something quite important here.” Darren Curnoe, a human evolution specialist at the University of New South Wales.

Conservation groups say the federal fisheries department is acting “recklessly” by setting an annual harp seal quota of 400,000 animals at a time when markets are drying up and the population is suffering. Rebecca Aldworth of the Humane Society International said Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield is ignoring scientific advice that the quota should be lowered this year because of poor ice conditions and declining stock. On Tuesday, the department’s website listed this year’s annual harp seal total allowable catch at 400,000,

Red Deer Cave people • The Red Deer Cave people lived 14,500 to 11,500 years ago at the end of the ice age. • They survived on a diet of cooked deer meat, which became extinct during that time due to ecological and climate changes.

a broad nose and eye sockets, large molar teeth, a jutting jaw and a prominent brow bone. Curnoe and his Chinese counterpart Professor Ji Xueping of the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology studied partial remains found in two caves: One near Longlin village in Guangxi and another near Mengzi in Yunnan. It was a twist of luck that the remains from both caves matched one another, linking the two caves. The Longlin fossils, including a lower jaw and a skull encased in a block of rock, sat in the basement of the Yunnan Institute for 30 years until Ji rediscovered them in 2009.

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Keeping a tradition sharp A Balinese in a trance stabs himself with a “keris”, a traditional dagger, while he and fellow Balinese attend the Melasti ceremony prayer at Petitenget beach in Kuta on the island of Bali on Tuesday. Melasti is a purification festival which is held three days before Nyepi, a day of silence. During the Nyepi day, Hindus on Bali are not allowed to work, travel or take part in any indulgence. SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images

“To us, it’s clear DFO is not acting according to conservation principles, but rather to promote the political agendas of the politicians involved.” Rebecca Aldworth, Humane Society International

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‘Hard, strong, long’ quake rattles Mexico Panic in the streets. 7.4-magnitude tremblor topples 60 homes and damages 800 more, but there appear to have been no casualties A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit central and southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicentre and causing tall buildings to sway hundreds of kilometres away in the capital of Mexico City. One of the strongest to shake Mexico since the deadly 1985 temblor that killed thousands in Mexico City, the quake hit hardest in the border area of southern Oaxaca

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transit bus. About 40 passengers were stranded for a short time on the Mexico City airport air train, but later released. Officials said there was no runway damage at the airport. Samantha Rodriguez, 37, an environmental consultant, was evacuated from the 11th floor on the Angel Tower office building. “I thought it was going to pass rapidly but the walls began to thunder and we decided to get out,” she said. In Huajuapan, Guerrero, near the epicentre, hotel manager Marco Antonio Estrada also reported shaken-up guests

1995 which left three dead. • Manzanillo. A magnitude-8.0 quake near Manzanillo on Mexico’s central Pacific coast killed 51 people in 1995 and a magnitude-7.5 quake killed at least 20 people in the southern state of Oaxaca in 1999.

but no major damage. He said it was the longest and strongest he ever felt. People ran out of their homes and cars. In Oaxaca, Sylvia Valencia was teaching Spanish to five adult students at the Vinigulaza language school when the earthquake hit. “Some of us sat down, others ran out,” she said. “It was hard, it was strong and it was long.” After the shaking stopped, however, she said they found no damage, not in their own classrooms, nor outside in the historical centre of the city, so they went back to class. the associated press

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Ex-beauty queen in trouble over prescription pills New York. Anna Malova was crowned Miss Russia in the ’90s Prosecutors say a former Miss Russia has been hoarding pills to try to get high while in courtordered drug treatment. A New York City judge said Tuesday that Anna Malova can stay in a residential rehabilitation program for now. But she may have to go to trial if she gets another bad behaviour report at a May 1 court date. Defence lawyer Robert Gottlieb says Malova is “struggling with her drug illness” but understands her situation. The city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office has charged Malova with forging prescriptions to get painkillers. Under the current plan, she can get

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Scary lit Raises spectre of gore-stoked generation Now that my own children are grown and there’s nothing I can do about them, it’s time to Paul Sullivan start worrying about the next generation. After all, they’re the ones who are going to find me in my single room buried under mouldy Starbucks venti lattes and ship me off to the state geezer preserve. And if what they’re up to right now is any indication, I have no reason to expect compassion. I started thinking about the next generation after hearing that Judy Blume’s novels are about to be turned into ebooks. And publishers are worried that today’s kids, raised on a steady diet of vampires, human sacrifice and Grand Theft Auto, will find her books bland and boring. This was once the most banned author in North America, whose most banned book (Forever) opened with the following line: “Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys.” That got you banned in 1975, but these days it’s so ‘Blood and sacrifice’ tame that even the censors can’t work up enough jam to “These days, you have read it, even if they can download it instantly. to add blood and These days, you have to add sacrifice for kids to stop blood and sacrifice for kids to sexting and virtually stop sexting and virtually stonstoning each other on ing each other on Am I Ugly and read instead. The average Am I Ugly and read teenager sends 60 text mesinstead.” sages a day and spends more than seven hours a day “using” media, 80 per cent of it social media. When Judy Blume was freaking out parents and librarians, there was no Internet. You had to look into a mirror to find out if you were ugly. Now you post a photo on the Internet and let the world have its way with you. So what are we raising? Pretty little bloodthirsty, depraved, techno-robotic, Borg-minded, crypto-fascist, superstitious sociopaths? Maybe. At least they can help you unlock your cellphone. When my kids were young, the biggest threat to their mental health was V.C. Andrews, who dealt in incest and various forms of abuse. Plus she was a terrible writer. By comparison, Judy Blume was Shakespeare. Of course, nobody reads him anymore either, not as long as we have Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) or Stephanie Meyer (Twilight). Today, “writing” is a kind of delivery mechanism, like a syringe or a hand-held rocket launcher. Ideas are no longer than 140 characters and something gets killed at the end. For those who still remember, it’s like Brave New World meets Lord of the Flies. With zombies.


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At six-feet, two-inches with all-American good looks (even though he was born in Vancouver), Alexander Ludwig doesn’t look like a super villain. But to fans of The Hunger Games he is the baddest baddie of them all, Cato, the brute from District 2. “He was born and raised

a killer and that’s all he knew how to do,” says the 20-year-old actor. “But he’s not your everyday villain. There’s a lot more substance and depth to this guy. You can tell he’s had a tortured life.” Trained as a killer, Cato has spent his whole life preparing for his turn in The Hunger Games, a kind of murderous reality show. “I’m playing the most feared guy in the arena so I didn’t know how I was going to be received by everyone else in the cast,” he says of his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. “I was cautious about it, but everyone was amazing.” One thing is for sure; he made an impression on one stunt man.

“I hit a stunt guy across the face with the butt end of a rubber bat when I was filming,” he says, “but once you do that you have keep going because they’re going to kick your ass if you don’t. ‘What are you doing? That was the perfect sell because you actually hit me.’ I felt so bad.” He says that despite the movie’s dark subject matter and the odd bruised stunt man, the mood on set was light. “It is important to have contrast when the material is so dark. There’s all this tense energy and right after they yell, ‘Cut’ you can breathe.” He’s also breathing a little easier now the movie is done and fans have em-

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“Everyone’s been very excited to see me and meet me. No one has said, ‘Screw you, Cato!’ I hope it stays like this. Everyone likes being liked and I chose this role knowing that it could go the other way.” Actor Alexander Ludwig, on playing the evil Cato in The Hunger Games.

braced him. “I have been so, so happy about the way I have been received because it could go either way,” he says. “Everyone’s been very excited to see me and meet me. No one has said, ‘Screw you, Cato!’ I hope it stays like this. Everyone likes being liked and I chose this role knowing that it could

go the other way.” “I’m just riding this crazy experience. You really can’t think about it because you don’t know what to expect. Every day is a new experience. I walked out of my hotel room this morning and there were fans outside. I can’t believe this is happening to me. It’s wild.”

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The movie’s style seems a bit dated but the ideas aren’t. Jewisons’ prophetic take on violence, the influence of corporations and the state of entertainment are bang on.


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If you’ve read The Hunger Games novels, you’re likely excited about the big screen adaptation hitting theatres this Friday. The story of a dystopian world where children killing children is a national pastime — think American Idol, only with knives — was a mega-hit in book stores and promises to pack theatres. But if the movie lineups are enough to keep you away from the theatre on Saturday night, here are some similar themed movies to get you in the mood. Battle Royale is the ultraviolent Japanese cousin to The Hunger Games. The movie is a futuristic nightmare about a group of kids who are shipped off to a remote island and forced to wage war against one another until

Elizabeth Banks, left, and Jennifer Lawrence star in The Hunger Games. handout

only one remains. The film’s bloody conflict enraged the Japanese censors who tried to ban the movie, but their plan backfired. Slapping a tough R15 rating on the film only increased people’s desire to see it. “Because it was forbidden,” says director Kinji Fukasaku, “they wanted to watch it even more.” Also breathing the same air is Series 7: The Contenders, a parody of reality television where contestants hunt down and murder one another. This

gory satire won a passing grade from Roger Ebert who said, “It’s not the idea that people will kill each other for entertainment that makes Series 7 jolting. What the movie correctly perceives is that somewhere along the line we’ve lost all sense of shame in our society.” The idea of televising human blood sports isn’t new to the reality TV era, however. Years before Survivor made the phrase, “You’ve been voted off the island” a household term, Steven King and Arnold

Schwarzenegger unleashed The Running Man on audiences. Arnold plays a wrongly convicted man fighting for his survival on a TV game show, overseen by Family Feud host Richard Dawson. “I’ll be back!” Arnold says, mimicking his Terminator catchphrase. “Only in a rerun,” says Dawson, who hopes Arnold bites it and gives the show a spike in ratings. Finally, director Norman Jewison imagined a theme similar to The Hunger Games in his

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The Toronto Dance Theatre’s (TDT) latest work, Rivers, is contemporary Canadiana at its most innovative. Combining a legendary Canadian musical icon with some of the best dancers, choreographers and musicians in Canada today, Rivers is a remarkable evening of modern dance. Set to the 1978 work Rivers, by the late great Canadian composer Ann Southam the Toronto Dance Theatre blends Southam’s minimalist lyrical style with their own contemporary choreography as imagined by artistic director Christopher House. Patrons further get to enjoy Southam’s music as performed by noted pianist Christina PetrowskaQuilico. Rivers opens on April 25 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. While Rivers is one

aspect of contemporary Canadian culture, the Factory Theatre’s Torontopremiere of Anosh Inari’s latest work: My Granny the Goldfish, may be the other extreme of Canadian culture in the twenty-first century. A hilarious “fish out of water” story, Inari’s play is about the hospitalized Nico whose grandmother travels from Bombay to Vancouver to help him heal. Nico’s grandmother is a practitioner of neither western nor eastern medicine instead choosing to rely on the power of a whiskey flask and caustic humour as cure’s for what ails us. A clash of cultures that will appeal to many Torontonians My Granny the Goldfish opened on March 17 and is on until April 15 at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. Every Wednesday, — a new arts and culture subscription website — will bring you the latest from stages across the city. Sceneopolis subscriptions cost only $45; Metro readers receive a $5 discount with the code: metro5. To take advantage of exclusive theatre tickets and discounts Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Keeping it in the family Sisters & Brothers kept the process loose. Filmmaker Carl Bessai allows his actors to control the dialogue through improvisation Ian Gormerly

Even if she wasn’t in it, it’s a good bet that Gabrielle Miller would still be lining up to see filmmaker Carl Bessai’s latest flick, Sisters & Brothers. A huge fan of the director’s previous films, Mothers & Daughters and Fathers & Sons, the actress was eager to take part in this latest — and most likely final — instalment of his family relationship trilogy. “He phoned, and said ‘I don’t know if you know how my films work...’ and I’m sitting their thinking, ‘I wonder if he’s going to ask me to help out with locations, if he wants to use my house...’” she says laughing, “and I’m thinking ‘Get to the point!’” Bessai’s films, she says,

Sisters & Brothers allowed its actors to improvise where they saw fit.

tell a story so that viewers can really connect with the characters. “He had a way of bringing a lot of humour and all the complicated stuff that comes with being part of a family.” Like previous installments, Sisters & Brothers is


made up of interweaving narratives. And while Bessai provides the broad strokes of the story’s arc, his actors hash out their character’s relationships through improvisation. “It’s an exciting process,” says Miller. “It’s incredibly freeing and challenging.”

To prepare, Miller would sit down with Bessai and any other actor who happened to be in the scene to workshop each interaction and flesh out their characters. When filming starts, the plot points are sorted, but the rest remains improvised.


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Hamm at odds with public’s perception of his good looks Simon Cowell

Jon Hamm finds himself at odds with the rest of the world in thinking that he’s handsome. “I don’t necessarily think of myself like the handsome guy. That’s reserved for Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds and those

Cowell considering killing off X Factor if ratings continue to dip Despite all the rumors about negotiating with Britney Spears to come on board as a judge, Simon Cowell may have altogether different plans for the U.S. edition of the X Factor — and they involve cancelling the show altogether. “I’d rather fall off the cliff on numbers than deteriorate slowly,” Cowell said at a press conference for the launch of another

guys,” the Mad Men star tells Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s certainly nice when people say nice things about you, don’t get me wrong. I guess I never really thought of myself that way.”


“I’d rather fall off the cliff on numbers than deteriorate slowly.” Simon Cowell speaking about X-Factor’s ratings.

season of Britain’s Got Talent. “We have something in development, which could replace The X Factor.” Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn denies saying Hudson married rock star boyfriend Is Kim Zolciak jacking Jessica Simpson’s swagger? THE WORD

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Lindsay Lohan putting herself on house arrest to avoid new problems Lindsay Lohan is taking the “better safe than sorry” approach and is reportedly putting herself under house arrest for the remainder of her probation, according to TMZ. It’s not a terribly long self-imposed sentence,

though, as Lohan’s probation is set to end March 29, but sources tell the website that the troubled actress is planning to only leave her house to go to her community service assignment at the morgue.

Kim Zolciak must be getting tired of Jessica Simpson stealing the blond-weavewearing-pregnant-lady spotlight, as it was announced yesterday that she and husband Kroy Biermann, 26, are wasting no time expanding their family. After giving birth to their son, Kroy Jagger (KJ) Jr., last May, Life & Style is exclusively reporting that the couple is expecting their second

baby. “Kroy and I are so excited,” Kim, 33, tells the magazine. “To decide we wanted to get pregnant again and have it happen so quickly was such a blessing.” I’d go all conspiracy theorist on you and say Kim and Kroy (ed note: What the hell kind of name is “Kroy”? Is that a mash-up of “Kyle” and “Troy”?) are just now revealing this news to bring attention to the TV special about their lavish November wedding, Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding, which premieres on April 26 at 9 p.m. on Bravo. But, come on: anyone who films their wedding for reality TV and then calls it Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding will of course try to capitalize off of a pregnancy. There’s no conspiracy about it.

Goldie Hawn set off a rash of speculation that daughter Kate Hudson had already secretly wed fiancé Matt Bellamy when she told ES magazine, “When my daughter Kate married an English rock star it didn’t worry me.”

But Hawn doesn’t stand by the quote. When a Twitter follower asked her, “So are Kate and Matt really married, or are the press twisting your words?” Hawn responded, “Darling, once again twisted the words. They aren’t married.”

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No free music at festival After three years of financial losses, the showcase summer festival Taste of Chicago will start charging music fans if they want concert seats. Taste of Chicago performances at the 3,000-seat Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park had been free, but the city wants to charge $25 a ticket this year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Exhibit helps MythBusters take their show on the road Museum. Discovery Channel program creates a science-based exhibit at a museum in Chicago, with plans to tour the showcase Who gets wetter, someone walking in the rain or running? Is it really possible to hang from a cliff by your fingers until help arrives like they do in the movies? And is Superman the only one who is faster than a speeding bullet? Those are questions the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters has asked for years, and starting last week, anybody who’s wondered how long it takes to put on a superhero outfit in a phone booth — don’t forget the cape — can answer them for themselves at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, opened March 15, marking the first time the show has taken such questions on the road. The Chicago exhibition, which runs through Sept. 3, is the first of a planned national tour that will include stops at several other U.S. cities. “This has both the science and also a sense of humour, what we’ve been doing for a decade,” Adam Savage, one of the show’s hosts, said this week before the exhibition opened. Just like on the show, the exhibit is a kind of scientific bait and switch. It starts with something visitors have seen in the movies or on TV or that they can recall from their own experiences. “That’s the hook,” said Jamie Hyneman, also a MythBusters co-host. “That gets them involved and before

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they know what happens they’ve actually learned something or been lured into thinking carefully about what’s going on.” The exhibit consists of about a dozen stations mixed in with props familiar to viewers, like the actual casket Hyneman lay in for a segment on being buried alive. In one station shaped like a ship cargo container, a visitor walks and another runs while water drips from hoses above. Once they’re wet, they go around the corner and, because the water contains traces of fluorescent dye, they can see just how many drops hit them as they stand in front of a black light. After determining which one of them is wetter, the participants press either the run or walk button. The results will be stored for now and revealed when the show leaves in September. There is another exhibit for anyone who’s wondered if a blind Al Pacino really could have navigated a car through the streets of New York in Scent of a Woman based on the directions given by a terrified Chris O’Donnell from the passenger seat. With the help of video-arcade style equipment, visitors can see if they do as well as Pacino or better than Hyneman and Savage did on the show. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jamie Hyneman, left, and Adam Savage, stars of Mythbusters, stand outside the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. J.B. SPECTOR/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

From left, how fast can a person put on a superhero outfit in a phone booth? The Mythbusters open the exhibit in Chicago last week. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS





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where food is always cooked with passion. Laugardalslaug geothermal pool (Sundlaugarvegur,105 Reykjavik) is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Their facilities include saunas and a mini golf course. Paddling in hot water may make you feel drowsy, so head back to your hotel for a nap.

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Rent a car and get out of town. Before you leave, buy what you need to make a picnic at Ostabudin delicatessen that sells amazing bread and cheese ( It’s so much more enjoyable than having to stop at a gas station for lunch. If you’re

here during the summer, spend the night in Thórsmörk, a mountain ridge surrounded by glaciers and rivers. The Glacier Rivers will stop you from driving all the way there but there’s a good bus service that covers the last stretch. This is where the famous volcano erupted in April 2010.

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Relax in Reykjavik — the way fashionable people do it Iceland. Snow and ice might come to mind when thinking of the capital of this Nordic island, but there’s plenty more than that Designer duo and couple Magni Thorsteinsson and Hugrun Arnadottir own Reykjavik’s coolest fashion concept store Kronkron. They allow us to experience their “small” city in a big way with a tour of the best places in the city to eat, shop, stay and go out. According to the couple: Reykjavik is small but as we all know, size doesn’t matter. The vibe here is so energetic, everyone is so bubbly. Visitors who have come on holiday to relax will love our outdoor geothermic pools. They are open all year round, whether it’s a freezing minus 10 or balmy 15 degrees Celsius. After relaxing in one of those geothermic pools, you might want to have a sumptuous meal or take a nap in a comfortable room. Luckily, Reykjavik offers great choices for both options. metro



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A replica of the famous Titanic staircase is on display at the visitor centre.

A recreation of a first-class cabin at the visitor centre.

A woman looks out the window of the Titanic drawing offices in Belfast. Photos peter morrison/the associated press

Belfast boasts its links to the Titanic with new visitor centre History. The capital of Northern Ireland kept quiet about manufacturing the ship after it sank, but now it beckons visitors To most of the world, the name Titanic means tragedy, spiced with romance, sacrifice and luxury. But in Belfast, where it was built, the doomed ship is a triumph of industry, enterprise and engineering. The city hopes the rest of the world will soon see it that way, too. Northern Ireland’s capital,

scarred by 30 years of CatholicProtestant violence and mired in Europe’s economic doldrums, is gambling on a gleaming new Titanic tourist attraction to bring it fame beyond the Troubles — and a renewed sense of civic pride. Tying the city’s name to a sinking ship is not, apparently, a problem. “What happened to the Titanic was a disaster,” said Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, a $160-millionvisitor attraction due to open March 31, in advance of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. “But the ship wasn’t.” Colin Cobb, a Titanic expert who leads walking tours of the docks and slipways where the great ship was built a century

ago, puts it even more succinctly: “Tragedy plus time equals tourism.” Celebrating the ship and its builders is the aim of Titanic Belfast, a shiny new “visitor experience” whose four prowlike wings jut jauntily skyward beside the River Lagan on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard. Titanic, then the world’s largest, most luxurious ocean liner, left this spot on April 2, 1912, eight days before its maiden voyage from England to New York. The vessel touted as “practically unsinkable” hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 of the 2,200 people

on board died. Belfast mourned — and then, for decades, kept quiet about its link to the tragedy. “When she sank, it was a huge shock for the city,” said Susie Millar, whose greatgrandfather Thomas Millar was a deck engineer who perished aboard the Titanic. “For years and years it wasn’t discussed. But now, coming up to the 100th anniversary, we’ve rediscovered that pride in the ship.” But few know of the ship’s Belfast origins. “I wish the movie had mentioned Belfast just once,” said Titanic Belfast marketing manager Claire Bradshaw. “It would make my job a lot easier.” The Associated Press


Setting the record straight The new exhibit aims to correct the record, telling the story of Belfast’s time as an industrial powerhouse, and the thousands of men who worked for three years to build Titanic and its sister vessels, Olympic and Britannic. It features 3D projections and sleek audiovisual displays, as well as a roller coaster-style indoor ride that

swoops visitors around the hull and through the rudder of a replica ship amid the glow of molten rivets and the clang of metal on metal. It has enough details to satisfy Titanic aficionados, as well as human drama. The stories of several of the ship’s builders, passengers and crew are followed through the displays to their often tragic conclusions. There’s also a marine exploration centre linked to the work of Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in the Atlantic in 1985.

TRAVEL Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Eastern Quebec has plenty for the flower lover Eastern Townships. La Belle Province is dotted with quaint towns and villages, perfect for a laid-back holiday mel borins

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What does lavender, rosehips, luxury trains, gourmet cuisine and fabulous country inns have in common? Who would have guessed the Eastern Townships of Quebec? I have fond memories of downhill skiing at Owl’s Head and often wondered what it would be like to visit this region outside of winter months. The Eastern Townships are made up of a number of towns and villages to the South East of Montreal. I boarded a VIA Rail train at Union Station and enjoyed the relaxing five-hour ride from Toronto to Montreal. About 50 minutes east of Montreal is the charming Victorian village of Knowlton, famous for its Loyalist roots and heritage buildings. We stayed our first night close to Knowlton at a four-star inn Auberge Quilliams. The Inn has great canoeing and kayaking through the reserve close by. The beach across the road in front of Lac Brome was a quiet place to unwind. Close to Auberge Quilliams we visited two tourist sights that were inspiring: Rose des Champs and Bleu Lavande. We also spent an evening on the Orford Express Train belonging to the conductor and priest Father Donald Thompson. The Orford Express has three restaurant cars seating up to 212 diners who travel through the landscapes that link Sherbrooke, Magog and Eastman.

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I adore the smell of lavender and just a few minutes south of the quaint town of Magog, there is Bleu Lavande, the dream child of Pierre Pellerin. Pierre had a successful electronics business but at the age of 42 fell sick with a neurological disease that seemed to be stress related. He sold his business and bought the 160 acre property and along with his wife Christine began planting lavender, and the rest is another dream come true. I loved walking through the stunning fields of flowering plants. A foot massage with lavender oil out in the middle of the lavender field was delightfully relaxing.


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Start spring off on a sweet note with treats for the big & little kids Chocolate Mango Mousse. This easy, do-ahead dessert is a great way to incorporate chocolate without over indulging Because this is a chilled dessert, you can make it ahead of time and not worry about things coming out of the oven at the right time when you’re busy trying to impress those picky dinner guests. To make it into a restaurant-worthy dish, spoon the Chocolate Mango Mousse

into parfait glasses and top with fresh berries. The combination of chocolate and fruit creates an ideal balance for those who want a more grown-up dessert.

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Fill a medium bowl with ice.

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• 125 ml (1/2 cup) homogenized milk • 1 whole egg, plus 1 yolk • 22 ml (1 1/2 tbsp) cornstarch • 150 ml (2/3 cup) milk chocolate bits • 250 ml (1 cup) heavy cream

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Caramelized apples star in frozen dessert Bring out the kid in all of us and enjoy a sundae with family and friends. This easy make-ahead caramel apple sundae is perfect to end your next meal. A creamy-sweet combination of caramelized apples and vanilla frozen yogurt topped with crunchy granola offers the perfect combination of ingredients. Top this frozen treat with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a truly decadent dessert.

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In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice; set aside.


In a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved and is dark amber in colour. Add apples with their juices and reduce heat to low.


Cook, stirring often, about 10 minutes or until apples are softened. Stir in cream and vanilla; transfer to a large bowl. Let cool, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chilled and thickened. (Keep it refrigerated for up to 2 days.)


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Ingredients • 3 apples (McIntosh or Spy), peeled cored and each cut into 12 wedges • 15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice • 75 ml (1/3 cup) butter • 500 ml (2 cups) granulate sugar • 125 ml (1/2 cup) 35% whipping cream • 15 ml (1 tbsp) vanilla • 1.5 L (6 cups) vanilla frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream • 250 ml (1 cup) crunchy granola • Ground cinnamon (optional)

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Nation-to-nation navigation: Interviews across the pond East to West. Keep cultural differences in mind during a job interview abroad



Population International post-secondary students made up about 7.7% of the total student population and 6.3% of graduates in Canada in 2010. More than one third of international students attend school in Ontario.

Welcome to Canada! The number of international post-secondary students in Canada is on the rise: • 2004/2005. 110,448

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• 2005/2006. 118,707

Do you remember the AT&T commercial where a man insults his Chinese business associate when he mispronounces the associate’s name? The commercial highlights the importance of clarity and precision in communication, and it also underscores the cultural nuances that we encounter at our increasingly global workplaces. These situations may seem funny in retrospect, but if they’re not handled properly they may have serious consequences not only for the employee but for the company as well. And these cultural distinctions extend far beyond the spoken language. I’ve had work experience in several culturally distinct countries and I can safely say the attitudes employers expect to see in a candidate also vary greatly from one country to another. In Malaysia — a country heavily influenced by its Eastern morals and values — modesty, respect and courtesy are some of the characteristics candidates are expected to possess and display. This is not to say that employers in Western countries do not appreciate such values — quite the contrary. However, in Malaysian culture, reverence and respect for elders, and by extension those higher up in the social hier-

• 2006/2007. 120,402 • 2007/2008. 123,309 • 2008/2009. 129,636 • 2009/2010. 146,928

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“In Malaysia — a country heavily influenced by its Eastern morals and values — modesty, respect and courtesy are some of the characteristics candidates are expected to possess and display.” Lin Abdul Rahman, student at Laurier Brantford

archy, are expected virtues in any individual. These qualities are therefore crucial in dealing with clients and associates. As a result, candidates are expected to demonstrate these values during the interview process at great lengths, and then some. Along the same vein, candidates are also expected to acknowledge an organization’s

inherent hierarchy, be it a formal or informal one. Of course, it goes without saying that falling in line is expected in any company anywhere on the globe. As the saying goes, ‘You have to go along in order to get along.’ However, in Malaysia, it’s crucial that a candidate displays a certain readiness, or even an eagerness, to fit into

the existing pecking order. It might seem superficial or perhaps somewhat trivial, but it’s crucial nonetheless as it is seen as a manifestation of the candidate’s respect toward his or her superiors. From the job interviews I’ve had in Australia and Canada — not all of them successful, naturally — I’ve found that ambition, confidence and being proactive are highly regarded by employers. These qualities are often the determining factors for whether an interview is successful or not. Here in Canada, candidates are expected to possess high self esteem and feel confident about ‘selling’ themselves to employers. This is perhaps the greatest distinction between

the work cultures in Canada and Malaysia. Numerous other facets of a culture come into play in determining on whether or not a candidate has had a successful interview and it is impossible to list them all. Suffice it to say that it is good to develop a feel for the subtleties that exist within any given culture in order to gage what an employer might expect to see in a candidate. Lin Abdul Rahman is a Journalism student with a minor in Human Rights at Laurier Brantford. She is originally from Malaysia and now calls Canada home. is Canada’s leading job site and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates.

• Asia: 52.7% • Europe: 17.9% • Africa: 11.8%

Top 3 Top 3 fields of study of international students (2008)


Business, management and public administration: 23.2%


Architecture, engineering and related technologies: 14.4%


Physical and life sciences, and technologies: 8.3%

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I am an international student who recently graduated from Dalhousie University’s electrical engineering program and I had great difficulty finding an entry-level job. Although the job market may still be recovering from the recession, I even had difficulty finding co-op internships. Both work terms I eventually got were found by me; I didn’t get any job


offers through my university co-op office. When I graduated, I was a student far from home with eight months of work experience and no job prospects. I worked part-time in a job that I was over-qualified for to start paying off my student debt while I searched for meaningful full-time employment. I finally found a job as an engineer-in-training at the end of last summer. The only explanations that I could think of were: 1. I am not a Canadian citizen 2. My grades are average (but no one asks WHY) My recommendation for employers: don’t judge students solely on their grades. An employee’s worth is just as evident by their attitude and their zeal. Break out of your typical hiring routine and try something (or someone) different! International students leave their homes to find better opportunities and lead better lives, yet they still struggle. I have many friends that are experiencing similar situations. Just keep at it and hopefully you will find success soon!

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Expanding your horizons on earth and on campus Get out there! Make sure you use your foreign experience to its full potential arwen kidd

Getting a degree, developing skills, gaining experience – no matter what school you choose, or where you come from, university is a time that allows students to get a head start on their careers. For all students – from abroad or not – the basic techniques to achieve this are generally the same: earning good grades, gaining the most valuable career-relevant “experiences” you can, and polishing up on all those jobmarketable skills. Then, to show these accomplishments off, building (and writing) an appealing resumé. It’s a proven formula. Where the extra challenge for international students comes in, however, is

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“That’s number one on the list — to improve your English,” he says. Bilingual (and particularly multilingual) skills are extremely attractive to Canadian employers, but if you don’t have sufficient working English, you simply won’t be able to compete. Besides language skills, Chacon says the only other real challenge some international students have in finding jobs is a general lack of awareness for their greater communities — even after they’ve already been living in Canada for a number of years. “Some international students get so involved in their programs,” Chacon explains, “that they never really get out of their dorm rooms or off campus. It’s good that they’re concentrating on their studies, but [not if] they miss out on everything else. So I would say to them to ‘expand your horizons. Get to know the environment — the city, as well as the campus. It will help you in the long run, when you’re trying to go out and apply for jobs later on.”

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When Patrick Gray graduated from Boston College in 1999, he was determined to become a detail-oriented professional. He started with perhaps the most overlooked detail of contemporary office culture: typing. “It represented kind of bigger things to me. I thought, ‘It’s time to be a professional and learn to type for real,’” he explains. “I went cold turkey from two-finger typing. I thought, ‘Even if it takes me 10 minutes on an email, I’m going to force myself to do it the right way.’” “I think these skills are

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SPORTS Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Eagles trade for Texans LB Ryans The Philadelphia Eagles made a big move to bolster the middle of their defence, acquiring twotime Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


NCAA basketball

Ward retires, rather than seek a new team

Tar Heels ready to play without injured guard

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward retired on Tuesday rather than try extending his career with another team.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams says his team’s “preparation is 100 per cent” to play without injured point guard Kendall Marshall.


Hines Ward announces his retirement. GENE J. PUSKAR/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



Rangers-Devils brawl

“It’s almost better to get it out of the way off the bat and play the game.” New York islander John Tavares on Monday’s game-opening brawl between the Devils and Rangers.

Maple Leafs have now lost eight in a row in Toronto NHL. Since Feb. 7, struggling team has record of 4-15-2 Their confidence is shattered. Their season is lost. And if the Toronto Maple Leafs have any idea what’s behind a tailspin that seems to be fuelling a revolt among their passionate fanbase, they’re keeping it behind closed doors. Randy Carlyle conducted a lengthy post-game meeting with his players after twice watching them blow leads on the way to losing 5-2 to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Rather than deliver a message to the group, he decided to go around the dressing room and ask questions. “I wanted to hear how they felt about what was going on,” said Carlyle. “They were disappointed in the way they played.” The coach didn’t think it was his place to disclose much more detail than that and the players refused to elaborate as well. While plenty of them hung around to speak with reporters following an eighth straight

loss at the Air Canada Centre, they provided little insight on what’s gone wrong. “The message is for us,” said forward Matthew Lombardi. “We’ve got to believe in ourselves here and stay positive and move forward.” It’s going to be very difficult, especially with many of their supporters having turned on them. Some fans attended Tuesday’s game wearing paper bags over their heads and loud boos rained down after Matt Moulson scored the eventual winner with six minutes to play. In the dying moments, a couple people even chanted “Fi-re Burk-ie!” — although it was nowhere near as audible as the “Fi-re Wil-son!” chants that came before former coach Ron Wilson was shown the door earlier this month. With the franchise heading for an eighth straight year outside of the playoffs, tensions are clearly running high in the city. “This is one of the most storied franchises in the sport,” said Carlyle. “We can’t fault our fans for (their displeasure) in the way we played tonight. They’re allowed to do that and that’s their right.” THE CANADIAN PRESS



Islanders forward David Ullstrom, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team’s second goal against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Suddenly hot Knicks roll over Raptors

Raptors forward James Johnson is defended by Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday in New York. FRANK FRANKLIN II/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Jeremy Lin added 18 points and 10 assists, and the New York Knicks made it four straight easy victories under Mike Woodson by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-87 on Tuesday night. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler each scored 17 points for the Knicks, who bring a week’s worth of momentum to Philadelphia on Wednesday night for a matchup with the Atlantic Division-leading 76ers. The Knicks rode another night of balanced scoring and renewed defensive intensity to

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Andrea Bargnani scored 15 points but shot just 5-of-15 for the Raptors, who finished 2-3 on a five-game trip. A victory would have given them a second winning five-game trip this season.

a comfortable lead for most of the final three quarters. DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors. Jose Calderon had 11 points and nine assists in his return from a five-game absence with a sprained right ankle, but backup Jerryd Bayless

was lost to a left hip pointer in the second half. The Knicks were right around their stats through Woodson’s first three games, when they allowed 89 points per game on 39 per cent shooting while averaging 112.7 points and outscoring opponents by 16 per game. “They’re a tenacious, different team,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s amazing, their tenacity, the way they attack. If you don’t meet it, they take you out.” The teams meet again Friday in Toronto. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“I’m not where I want to be. I want to be where I was before I was injured. There’s a lot of work to do to get where we want to be from a health standpoint.” Peyton Manning on his surgically repaired neck after being introduced as the Broncos’ new quarterback on Tuesday in Denver. The 35-year-old star signed a five-year, $96-million US contract and said he plans to retire in Denver. Broncos vice-president John Elway, who engineered the deal, said no decision has been made on QB Tim Tebow’s future.

“If Tim Tebow is here next year, I’m going to be the best teammate I can be to him.” Peyton Manning


sports Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Johnson gets another shot at No. 2 spot with the Jays MLB. Second baseman looking to facilitate offence early in Toronto’s batting order Kelly Johnson is moving his way back up to the top of the order. The Toronto Blue Jays second baseman is slated to bat in the No. 2 spot when the 2012 regular season begins April 5 in Cleveland. Although he has batted first or second for most of his major-league career, he says it doesn’t matter to him where he hits. “It ultimately comes down to how you’re doing,” the 30-year-old from Austin, Texas, said. “If you can be a consistent hitter and be the best hitter

you can be and you’re doing everything right, then I feel I fit in a number of spots.” Johnson batted sixth in 16 of his 32 starts for Toronto after he was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks last Aug. 23 in a trade for John McDonald and Aaron Hill. He was used as the No. 2 hitter twice. Johnson said his mindset doesn’t necessarily change when he bats second, but the situations are different compared to other places in the order. “I think the opportunities are different,” he said. “In the two-hole, or up in the lineup, you’re going to have more of those opportunities where you’ve got, like, a runner at second, nobody out, or a bunt situation, or a hit-and-run situation, or nobody on and you need to start the inning, you

At the dish

Kelly Johnson bats for the Blue Jays against the Pirates earlier this month in Dunedin, Fla. DAVID COOPER/torstar news service

“I don’t have goals for home runs. I really only have goals for quality, consistent at-bats and hitting the ball hard.” Kelly Johnson. Blue Jays second baseman.

need to start a rally.” The fact he bats left is “another reason it’s a good fit,” he said. Johnson’s focus in Florida is doing the things that will enable him to drive the ball when he gets his pitch and to just be ready once the season starts. “In spring it’s trying something here, trying something there and really trying to get a routine and putting myself in a good position to hit the ball hard,” he said. Defence is also something Johnson has been working on at spring training, particularly in starting the double play. He played shortstop and left field before becoming a second baseman and has developed a good, quick throw to first after taking the feed for the force at second. “I’m not going to say it came natural,” he said. “I’m not going to tell anybody that I’ve got the best feet in baseball in the middle infield, because I haven’t. But I have a good enough arm and I feel if I get enough on the ball I’ll be able to turn my part of it.” the canadian press

Batting history

Aiming to regain form Kelly Johnson has plenty to work on regardless of where he hits in the Blue Jays’ order. In 2010, he hit a careerhigh 26 homers and drove in 71 runs while batting .284 with a .370 on-base percentage. He hit 21 homers with 58 RBIs in 2011 but his average dropped to .222 and his OBP to .304. With Toronto he batted .270 with three homers, nine RBIs, and a .364 OBP. “I got really in a good groove and I had a good year,” Johnson said of 2010. “The next year I probably thought a lot more about how I did it and tried to kind of duplicate it rather than just do the same thing.... I was thinking more where the ball was going to go.” the canadian press









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SPORTS Wednesday, March 21, 2012

N AT IO NA L HO C K E Y LE AG UE EASTERN CONFERENCE dx-NY Rangers d-Boston d-Florida Pittsburgh Philadelphia New Jersey Ottawa Washington Buffalo Winnipeg Carolina Toronto Tampa Bay NY Islanders Montreal

GP 72 72 72 72 73 74 74 73 73 73 73 74 72 73 73

W 45 42 36 45 42 42 37 37 34 34 29 32 32 30 28

L OTL SL GF GA Pts Home Away 20 2 5 199 160 97 25-9-0-2 20-11-2-3 27 1 2 236 178 87 22-13-1-1 20-14-0-1 23 5 8 182 198 85 20-9-1-7 16-14-4-1 21 3 3 239 184 96 25-8-2-0 20-13-1-3 23 2 6 232 206 92 19-11-1-4 23-12-1-2 27 2 3 201 191 89 20-13-0-3 22-14-2-0 27 6 4 221 214 84 19-15-2-2 18-12-4-2 30 3 3 198 208 78 23-10-1-2 14-20-2-1 29 4 6 187 207 78 18-11-3-5 16-18-1-1 31 4 4 196 211 76 23-11-1-3 11-20-3-1 29 9 6 194 217 73 18-13-1-5 11-16-8-1 34 4 4 210 232 72 16-14-3-3 16-20-1-1 33 4 3 202 247 71 21-14-1-1 11-19-3-2 32 7 4 173 213 71 15-16-5-1 15-16-3-2 32 4 9 191 203 69 13-15-2-7 15-17-2-2

Last 10 4-5-1-0 4-6-0-0 6-3-0-1 9-0-1-0 7-2-0-1 6-4-0-0 4-4-0-2 5-4-1-0 6-2-0-2 4-5-0-1 5-3-2-0 3-6-0-1 4-5-1-0 4-4-1-1 4-3-2-1

Strk W1 W2 W5 W1 L1 W1 L2 W1 W1 L2 W3 L2 L3 W2 L2

WESTERN CONFERENCE dx-St. Louis d-Vancouver d-Dallas Nashville Detroit Chicago Phoenix Colorado Los Angeles San Jose Calgary Anaheim Minnesota Edmonton Columbus

GP 73 72 72 72 73 74 73 74 72 72 73 74 72 72 73

W 46 43 39 42 44 41 36 39 35 36 34 31 30 28 23

L OTL SL GF GA Pts Home Away 19 1 7 189 142 100 28-4-1-3 18-15-0-4 21 1 7 223 182 94 21-10-0-4 22-11-1-2 28 1 4 189 192 83 20-13-0-3 19-15-1-1 22 3 5 206 186 92 23-8-2-3 19-14-1-2 25 2 2 224 179 92 28-5-1-1 16-20-1-1 25 4 4 227 213 90 25-7-1-4 16-18-3-0 26 3 8 191 188 83 18-12-2-4 18-14-1-4 30 3 2 194 195 83 21-15-0-1 18-15-3-1 25 5 7 167 157 82 19-13-0-4 16-12-5-3 26 5 5 197 186 82 21-12-2-1 15-14-3-4 26 5 8 182 199 81 20-9-1-5 14-16-4-3 32 5 6 185 206 73 19-16-2-0 12-16-3-6 32 2 8 155 199 70 16-15-1-3 14-17-1-5 36 3 5 190 213 64 18-15-2-3 10-21-1-2 43 2 5 167 236 53 13-21-1-2 10-22-1-3

Last 10 7-2-0-1 3-5-1-1 7-2-0-1 6-3-0-1 3-6-1-0 8-1-0-1 3-5-0-2 6-3-0-1 7-3-0-0 3-4-1-2 6-1-1-2 4-5-1-0 2-7-0-1 3-5-1-1 5-5-0-0

Strk W1 L1 L2 W1 L5 W4 W1 W1 W3 L1 L2 W1 W1 L1 L1

d — division leaders ranked 1-2-3 regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL (overtime loss) or SL (shootout loss) column. Last night’s results New Jersey 1 Ottawa 0 N.Y. Islanders 5 Toronto 2 Pittsburgh 8 Winnipeg 4 Chicago 5 Columbus 1 Florida 2 Philadelphia 1 Edmonton at Nashville Phoenix at Dallas Calgary at Colorado San Jose at Los Angeles Monday’s results Boston 8 Toronto 0 Minnesota 2 Vancouver 0 Anaheim 5 San Jose 3 Buffalo 7 Tampa Bay 3 N.Y. Rangers 4 New Jersey 2 Washington 5 Detroit 3 Tonight’s games All times Eastern Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 7 p.m. Detroit at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Tomorrow’s games Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Nashville at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at Phoenix, 10 p.m. St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Boston at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s games Toronto at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Washington, 7 p.m. Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Florida, 7:30 p.m.


First Period 1. Toronto, Kessel 36 (Bozak, Komisarek) 10:24 2. N.Y. Islanders, Bailey 11 (Tavares, Parenteau) 15:34 Penalties — None. Second Period 3. Toronto, Lombardi 8 (Gardiner, Armstrong) 4:12 4. N.Y. Islanders, Ullstrom 3 (Grabner, Cizikas) 13:08 Penalties — Schenn Tor (roughing) 6:48, Grabovski Tor (tripping) 15:53, Okposo NYI (interference) 17:34. Third Period 5. N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 31 (Tavares, Streit) 13:56 (pp) 6. N.Y. Islanders, Parenteau 16 (Streit) 15:43 7. N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 32 (Parenteau, Tavares) 18:25 (en) Penalties — Grabovski Tor (high-sticking) 0:56, Frattin Tor (delay of game) 13:24. Shots on goal by N.Y. Islanders Toronto

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Goal — N.Y. Islanders: Nabokov (W,17-18-3); Toronto: Reimer (L,13-14-4). Power plays (goalschances) — N.Y. Islanders: 1-4; Toronto: 0-1. Attendance — 19,351 (18,819) at Toronto.


First Period — No Scoring. Penalty — Alfredsson Ott (interference) 0:50. Second Period 1. New Jersey, Kovalchuk 31 (Zidlicky, Elias) 17:20 (pp) Penalties — Bernier NJ (high-sticking) 3:38, Konopka Ott (kneeing) 15:56. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Bishop Ott (delay of game; served by Turris) 4:26, Smith Ott (boarding) 10:29,

Clarkson NJ (slashing) 16:22, New Jersey bench (too many men; served by Carter) 17:57. Shots on goal by New Jersey Ottawa

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Goal — New Jersey: Hedberg (W,16-7-2); Ottawa: Bishop (L,3-2-2). Power plays (goals-chances) — New Jersey: 14: Ottawa: 0-3. Referees — Dean Morten, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen — Michel Cormier, Jean Morin. Attendance — 19,834 (19,153) at Ottawa.


First Period 1. Pittsburgh, Kennedy 7 (Crosby, Cooke) 2:04 2. Winnipeg, Slater 10 (Glass, Machacek) 3:35 3. Winnipeg, Little 20 (Ladd, Enstrom) 12:51 (pp) 4. Pittsburgh, Neal 33 (Malkin, Crosby) 16:44 (pp) Penalties — Byfuglien Wpg (high-sticking) 9:36, Malkin Pgh (double high-sticking) 11:32, Enstrom Wpg (holding) 15:04. Second Period 5. Pittsburgh, Neal 34 (Malkin) 1:15 6. Winnipeg, Little 21 (Ladd, Enstrom) 3:54 7. Pittsburgh, Kennedy 8 (Crosby, Cooke) 6:55 8. Pittsburgh, Malkin 42 (Crosby, Martin) 11:31 9. Winnipeg, Stapleton 9 (Maxwell, Machacek) 14:39 10. Pittsburgh, Neal 35 (Malkin, Orpik) 17:03 Penalties — None. Third Period 11. Pittsburgh, Malkin 43 (Kunitz, Neal) 2:07 12. Pittsburgh, Dupuis 21 (Staal, Sullivan) 13:27 Penalty — Little Wpg (tripping) 18:55. Shots on goal by Winnipeg Pittsburgh

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Goal (shots-saves) — Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,27-25-7)(24-19), Mason (12:50 second)(118); Pittsburgh: Thiessen (W,3-0-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Winnipeg: 1-2; Pittsburgh: 1-3. Attendance — 18,589 (18,387) at Pittsburgh, Pa.


Friday’s game All times Eastern Houston at Seattle FC, 10 p.m. Saturday’s games San Jose at Toronto FC, 1 p.m. Portland at New England, 4 p.m. Montreal at Columbus, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. D.C. United at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Sunday’s games Colorado at New York, 4 p.m. FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City, 7 p.m. Tuesday’s British Soccer Scores Home teams listed first


Yesterday’s result Blackburn 2, Sunderland 0


Yesterday’s results Brighton 2, Derby 0 Bristol City 0, Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1, Barnsley 0 Doncaster 0, Millwall 3 Hull 0, Southampton 2 Leeds 3, Nottingham Forest 7 Peterborough 3, Reading 1 Portsmouth 4, Birmingham 1 West Ham 1, Middlesbrough 1 League One Bournemouth 1, Brentford 0 Bury 0, Scunthorpe 0 Carlisle 0, Preston 0 Charlton 3, Yeovil 0 Chesterfield 0, Huddersfield 2 Exeter 1, Wycombe 3 Hartlepool 0, Oldham 1 MK Dons 4, Leyton Orient 1 Notts County 2, Sheffield United 5 Rochdale 0, Tranmere 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2, Walsall 2 Stevenage 0, Colchester 0



Yesterday’s result Greuther Fuerth 0, Borussia Dortmund 1, OT

At Lethbridge, Alta. Country (Skip) South Korea (JS.Kim) Canada (Nedohin) Sweden (Sigfridsson) Switzerland (Ott) Scotland (Muirhead) Germany (A.Schopp) Russia (A.Sidorova) Denmark (Nielsen) Czech Republic (Klimova) Italy (Gaspari) China (B.Wang) U.S. (Pottinger)


W 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2

ROUND ROBIN Yesterday’s results Ninth Draw Canada 7 Russia 5 China 7 Denmark 6 Switzerland 5 Scotland 4 U.S. 9 Germany 7 Draw 10 Germany 9 Italy 6 Russia 7 Sweden 3 Scotland 8. Czech Republic 5 South Korea 9 Denmark 8 (extra end) Draw 11 Czech Republic vs. Switzerland; Sweden vs. Canada; South Korea vs. China; Italy vs. U.S.

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Yesterday’s result Quevilly 3 Marseille 2


Juventus 2 AC Milan 2 (extra time) (Juventus advances on 4-3 aggregate)

LACROSSE NLL WEEK 12 Friday’s game Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m. Saturday’s games Toronto at Rochester, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m. Washington at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Sunday’s games Colorado at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Washington, 8 p.m.

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE d-Chicago d-Miami Orlando d-Philadelphia Indiana Atlanta Boston New York Milwaukee Cleveland Detroit Toronto New Jersey Washington Charlotte

W 38 34 29 26 26 26 24 22 20 17 16 15 15 10 7

L 10 11 18 20 18 20 21 24 24 26 29 31 32 34 37

Pct .792 .756 .617 .565 .591 .565 .533 .478 .455 .395 .356 .326 .319 .227 .159

WESTERN CONFERENCE d-Oklahoma City d-San Antonio d-L.A. Lakers Memphis L.A. Clippers Dallas Denver Houston Utah Phoenix Minnesota Portland Golden State Sacramento New Orleans

W 34 29 28 25 26 27 25 24 23 23 23 21 18 16 11

L 11 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 22 23 24 24 25 29 34

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GB — 21/2 81/2 11 10 11 121/2 15 16 181/2 201/2 22 221/2 26 29 GB — 4 6 8 8 8 91/2 101/2 11 111/2 12 13 15 18 23

d-division leader Last night’s results Indiana 102, L.A. Clippers 89 Miami 99, Phoenix 95 New York 106, Toronto 87 L.A. Lakers at Houston Oklahoma City at Utah Memphis at Sacramento Milwaukee at Portland Monday’s results Philadelphia 105, Charlotte 80 Boston 79, Atlanta 76 Cleveland 105, New Jersey 100 Chicago 85, Orlando 59 Minnesota 97, Golden State 93 Dallas 112, Denver 95 Tonight’s games Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Orlando, 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Washington at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Golden State at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Denver, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

M LB SPRING TRAINING Yesterday’s results Philadelphia 4, Baltimore 1 Detroit 7, Atlanta 2 Tampa Bay 3, Miami 2 St. Louis 6, Houston 1 Texas 6, Chicago Cubs (ss) 2 Kansas City 6, L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 5, Chicago Cubs (ss) 5, tie, 10 innings L.A. Dodgers 7, Milwaukee 6 Seattle 8, Cincinnati 1 Arizona 4, San Francisco 3 N.Y. Mets 2, Washington 0 Toronto 9, Boston 2 N.Y. Yankees 10, Pittsburgh 3 Colorado vs. San Diego


T R AN SACT IO NS BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE DETROIT TIGERS — Reassigned C Bryan Holaday, INF/OF Eric Patterson, OF Jerad Head and OF Matt Young to minor league camp. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Traded LHP Kevin Chapman and a minor league player to be named to Houston for C Humberto Quintero and OF Jason Bourgeois. Placed C Salvador Perez and C Manuel Pina on the 60-day DL. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with LHP Derek Holland on a five-year contract.

NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA BRAVES — Assigned RHP Jaye Chapman, RHP J.J. Hoover, RHP Todd Redmond and LHP Luis Avilan to Gwinnett (IL) and LHP Sean Gilmartin and OF Stefan Gartrell to minor league camp. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Optioned RHP Chuckie Fick, LHP Sam Freeman and RHP Adam Ottavino to Memphis (PCL). Reassigned RHP Trevor Rosenthal, LHP R.J. Swindle, INF Ryan Jackson and C Steven Hill to minor league camp. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with C Nick Hundley on a three-year contract.

BASKETBALL NBA CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Waived C Ryan Collins. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Signed G Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of the season. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Waived F Andres Nocioni.

FOOTBALL NFL DENVER BRONCOS — Signed QB Peyton Manning to a five-year contract. DETROIT LIONS — Re-signed DT Andre Fluellen to a one-year contract. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed WR Brandon Lloyd. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Announced the retirement of WR Hines Ward. TENNESSEE TITANS — Agreed to terms with DE Kamerion Wimbley on a multi-year contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Re-signed DE Adam Carriker and G Kory Lichtensteiger.

CFL WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS — Signed coach Paul LaPolice to a two-year contract extension.

HOCKEY NHL CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Assigned F Mark McNeill to Rockford (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Assigned G Jack Campbell to Texas from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) to Texas (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski to Norfolk (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Recalled F Ben Maxwell from St. John’s (AHL).

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Staying planted

To reduce the Roadster body’s tendency to twist — which is pretty normal behaviour when the roof is removed — Mini installed additional structural bracing in the trunk area and other key spots. And to help keep the rear end planted, a trunkmounted spoiler automatically deploys once the vehicle reaches 80 km/h.

Review. It carries half as many people as the convertible, yet costs a bit more – a fair price to pay for a little extra sporting flair MALCOLM GUNN

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Break out the SPF 50 and the Ray-Ban sunglasses because the Mini Cooper Roadster just arrived. The two-seat convertible — a first for the Mini brand and a companion to the recently launched Coupe — adds some visual spice to the Mini’s broadening model lineup that already includes a four-passenger drop-top. Admittedly, it seems a bit odd that BMW-owned Mini would now have two not-so-distinct convertibles that are constructed off the same platform and share the same mechanical bits. Furthermore, the two-seat Roadster lists for only $300 less

Lowering the lid

The black-only cloth top that includes a heated glass rear window is secured in place with a twist of a single windshield-mounted lever. The spring-loaded lid lowers flat into its stowage spot by pressing a button located between the roll bars. The outer portion of the top remains exposed after the folding process. than the standard four-place convertible. Ah, but there’s a point that’s being overlooked. The Roadster swaps out the rear bench that isn’t particularly roomy in the first place for an actual trunk (another Mini first). We’re not talking cavernous space here by any means (it has a bit less volume than the Coupe’s trunk) but it’s enough to store a few decent-sized travel bags or a set or two of golf clubs regardless of whether the top is up or down. The Roadster’s styling is far less controversial than that of the helmet-headed Coupe and it looks better with the roof up than the existing Mini convertible. Combined with a windshield that has been tilted back an additional 13 degrees, the Roadster is one of the best looking of the bunch. The hair-drying Roadster deserves its sports-car appellation. And, with pricing that ranges from $30,500 to $41,500, consider it an alternative to the league-leading Mazda Miata and an extra-fun way to celebrate the summer season.


Mini Cooper Roadster • Type: Two-door, front-wheeldrive two-seat convertible • Engines (hp): 1.6-litre DOHC I4 (121); 1.6-litre DOHC I4, turbocharged (181-208) • Mileage: L/100 km (city/hwy): 7.2/4.9 (base 1.6) • Base Price (incl. destination): $25,000

All Minis share the same engines that burn premium fuel.

The Roadster gets the same basic trio of engines as every other Mini model, beginning with a 121-horsepower 1.6-litre four-cylinder for base models. A turbocharged 1.6 comes in the S version, while a tweaked-up 208-horsepower 1.6 is part of the John Cooper Works (JCW) package.

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By comparison


Mazda MX-5 Miata Base price: $30,500

Rollbars are obvious additions to the Roadster, but is there really anything more obvious than the giant speedometer at the top of the centre stack? The tachometer is located behind the steering wheel.


Fiat 500c Base price: $21,500


Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Base price: $21,700

A mini with a trunk is a rare thing, but the Roadster has one. It takes the place of the rear seat in the four-passenger convertible model.

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Wide awake, no java needed Autoknow. The Mercedes-Benz SLK senses when you should take a coffee break, but this driver was excited enough

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Mercedes-Benz pegs the SLK roadster’s zero-to-60-m.p.h. (96 km/h) time at 5.4 seconds, which is only about a second slower than the SL. However that time is more than a second quicker than the base SLK 250 that uses a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder.

There’s a backlit icon of a simmering coffee cup on the 2012 SLK’s control panel that, for anyone unfamiliar with the latest in Mercedes-Benz safety gadgetry, is certain to cause confusion. Could it be this particular well-optioned roadster comes with its own coffee maker? Or perhaps the symbol flashes intermittently whenever a Starbucks comes into view? Impossible to say, since the owner’s manual, a critical tome considering SLK’s techno-laden content, was AWOL. “They’re frequently missing after the cars are returned so we keep them here in the office,” explained a Mercedes-Benz press-fleet overseer. The missing manual limited the range of plausible explanations to the ridiculous. Fortunately, an experienced Mercedes-Benz brand hand came to the rescue, appropriately enough while parked outside one of the Seattle-based caffeine purveyor’s outlets. After admiring the SLK from top to bottom, he spied the tiny cup-andsaucer symbol and explained that it denotes “Attention Assist,” which is a safety feature that’s programmed to sense certain driving behaviours associated with fatigue and issues both visual and audible warnings to the driver suggesting he or she take a break. The smell of fresh-brewed Pike Place Roast wafting out from the air vents could probably work just as well. Attention Assist is a fine

idea, but it’s hard to imagine anyone nodding off in what is one of the more exciting M-B models on the market and the best SLK that the German automaker has devised to date. The SLK has steadily evolved since its 1997-modelyear North American debut. The current generation now looks less like an inaccurate representation of its larger SL-class relation and, at least from the front, now resembles its twin. Both cars feature nearly identical upright grilles, headlight pods and extended hoods, along with similar retractable hard-shell roofs. Of course, what they don’t even come close to sharing is their respective price tags; the $56,000 base SLK is offered at less than one-half the wallet hit of the SL. Of course the SLK lacks the new-for-2013 SL550’s 429-horsepower twin-turbo V8, but the 302-horsepower V6 and accompanying sevenspeed automatic transmission in the SLK350 is no slacker. The warp-factor model of the triumvirate is the SLK55 AMG that receives the full aero kit treatment, unique nosepiece and fancier wheels. It also sends its power to the pavement using a 415-horsepower 5.5-litre V8 and earns a 4.5-second zero-to-60-m.p.h. (96 km/h) time. Within the SLK range, though, the 350 in my possession has a certain just-right feel. Around town, the V6 operates in a docile fashion, but can quickly flex its muscles when a squirt of passing thrust is summoned, or when

attacking a freeway on-ramp. During these measures, the engine instantly clears its throat and delivers a distinctive, yet dignified growl while the seven-speed automatic imperceptibly kicks down into the appropriate gear. The SLK makes the entire process seem so easy and in no small measure enhances driving confidence. Also easy is the two-seater’s power-operated conversion to convertible from coupe status. The trunk lid

pivots rearward while the hard tonneau cover flips upward and the two-piece roof stacks into its containment spot, followed by the trunk lid resuming its original position. The whole lowering/ raising sideshow consumes about 20 seconds. The test model was equipped with the available Magic Sky Control, consisting of a glass roof panel that changes to opaque from clear with the flip of a switch. Also included is constantly

adjusting shock-damping control and a faster-acting Direct-Steer system that reduces by 25 per cent the number of lock-to-lock steering wheel turns. About the only item of concern on the wellappointed SLK was its mattefinish Designo Glacier Grey colour scheme. The idea of an as-tested $78,500 Mercedes wearing what amounts to a really dull paint job might seem anathema to some buyers. It also carries a sternly worded missive warning of

You go to the store, pay the cashier the amount advertised (plus taxes, of course!) and you leave to enjoy your new purchase. Sounds reasonable right? When it comes to car advertisements, that’s not always the case. I asked the TADA’s director of government relations, Frank Notte, to tell me why this happens. The following is his response: “Ontario’s new Motor Vehicle Dealers Act came into effect on Jan. 1, 2010. This groundbreaking prov-

incial legislation updated decade-old rules pertaining to contracts, disclosures, warranties and business practices. One major aspect of the new law is “all-in pricing” regulations. All-in pricing means the advertised price is the final price consumers can expect to pay for the vehicle. The only amount of money that doesn’t have to be included is taxes and licensing fees. Gone are the days of an advertised price, with other fees and charges like freight and Pre-Delivery Inspection

(PDI) appearing in fine print. The Toronto Automobile Dealers Association fully supports all-in pricing. It makes the car-buying experience much easier and allows more transparency for consumers. Believe it or not, the law only applies sometimes! Sadly, the Ontario government decided to exempt advertisements placed by auto manufacturers from allin pricing regulations. That means that auto manufacturers don’t have to play by the same rules as auto-

mobile dealers and advertise the “all-in” price. Often, consumers will see the ads placed by a manufacturer and visit their local dealership to inquire about a vehicle. Too many times, the consumer is surprised to learn the price as advertised by the manufacturer is not the actual price they can expect to pay to drive the car off the lot. This upsets the consumer, frustrates the dealer, and nobody wins. Consumers have enough to consider when buying a

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A look at the SLK’s cabin. At right, an overhead view of the car.

dire consequences should the finish ever be polished. The SLK test stretched into a week of mostly sunny skies and light Pacific Ocean-scented breezes on Vancouver Island. In other words, perfect sports-car weather in a part of the world attracts plenty of them. And likely not one of their grinning drivers, including one SLK350 pilot in particular, required a cup-and-saucer advisory to keep the adrenaline flowing.


Government not doing everything to protect car buyers The Wheel deal Todd Bourgon, Executive Director, Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

Imagine this: You see the advertised price of a product.

car — often the second most expensive purchase of their lifetime. They shouldn’t have to worry about which advertised price is the actual selling price, and they certainly shouldn’t have to read ads with a magnifying glass, an accountant and lawyer present to make sure they fully understand all the legal fine print. You can affect change. Contact your MPP and tell them that all auto advertising should be subject to all-in pricing — consumer protection depends on it.



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Wary of going it alone, automakers eye up dance partners Autopilot Auto pilot

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The messages from some of the automakers at last week’s Geneva auto show were somewhat contradictory. Come look at all this great stuff we’re building — way better than that crap the other guys build. Hey other guys, wouldn’t mind a bit of help over here… Just before the show, Gen-

eral Motors and the PeugeotCitroen group announced an alliance, which will see GM will take a seven per cent share of the French automaker. The arrangement is not unlike several that have developed over the last decade or so, between other auto titans, who have no intention of merging or allowing one partner to eventually swallow the other. These new arrangements are all about trying to save costs on huge, global engineering programs. Basically they’re saying, we’ll share development costs, because they’re crazy




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expensive, then afterwards, we’ll put them in our respective brand offerings and compete against each other like heck. May the better man win, when it comes to exploiting that technology we both worked on. With their vast R&D budgets and resources, you’d think most automakers would be big enough on their own, but analysts cite that looming fuel efficiency and emission targets are scaring the pants off some players, especially ones that don’t have everything yet lined up in their pipelines. And no one wants to bet the farm on one emerging technology, be it electric, hybrid, diesel, hydrogen, CNG, etc. Another incentive to build alliances is to make sure you’re not shut out of emerging markets. A mature market is much harder to penetrate and less profitable. That’s one of the reasons Chrysler-Fiat wants its next development dance partner to come from Asia (Mazda? Suzuki?), where it doesn’t yet have a big presence. Another reason is that the European marketplace isn’t looking so good for the foreseeable future. Best go somewhere else for growth. Another enabler of this trend is Volkswagen. The German automaker has gone on record, and made the point




A look at the Volkswagen display at the Geneva auto show. all photos contributed

again at this year’s show in Geneva, that it will spend over $70 billion over the next five years, to become the world’s biggest automaker in both sales and profitability by 2018. Currently standing in its way are GM and Toyota. If you are going to step into a ring with a bulked-up VW, you might want to bulk up a little yourself. Toyota and BMW recently decided to trade respective technologies (hybrid batteries, diesel engines). The Nissan-Renault alliance is going strong, and also works with MercedesBenz on a couple of projects. Those are just of few of the inter-company initiatives out there. And more will surely come. Will this make life harder on the small, quirkier manufacturers? Likely not. It hasn’t yet. The Geneva show was again full of specialty makes with weird ideas. You can’t stop creative thought and drive, especially when someone, yet again, wants to build a car company in their vision. So it seems all good. And it feels strangely hopeful too, and humane even, that some of the biggest companies in the world can figure out a way to work together, and at the same time, compete so fiercely in the marketplace. It’s heart warming … It’s life affirming … It’s … Hold on … Suddenly feeling verklempt … Please talk amongst yourselves.

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Aerio offered AWD and solid reliability Second Gear. 2002 to 2006 Suzuki Aerio Wagon

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Justin Pritchard

The Suzuki Aerio Wagon was a machine that tackled a plethora of tasks exceptionally well — while earning itself a reputation for its high value proposition and access to cheap All Wheel Drive (AWD). Retired to clear way for the Suzuki SX4 after 2006, the Aerio was aimed at active, value-minded shoppers after a vehicle with plenty of flexibility and space.

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Power came from four cylinder engines — namely a two-litre, 141 horsepower unit or a 2.3-litre unit with 155. The latter engine was fitted to 2004 and later Aerio models.

What Owners Like

Owners love the surprisingly upscale and high quality feel imparted by the little wagon, and many say their machines are holding up well over the years. All Wheel Drive traction on slippery roads is also highly rated.

What Owners Dislike

Complaints typically centre around quirky styling and a noisy ride at speed.

Have the Aerio’s brake system inspected for pad and rotor condition, as many owners say the Aerio wears out braking components at a faster-than-expected rate. The two-litre engine may emit some lifter noise for a few seconds after startup, though if the sound is persistent, the engine may require expensive replacement lifters. Note that this problem seems focused on 2002 and 2003 models. Be sure to check out the keyless access system too, as many owners report its failure over time. Finally, budget for a full fluid change and tune-up if you’re unsure of the service history of the model you’re considering. Verdict

Common, significant or systematic problems seem to be few and far between. Aerio appears an adequately safe bet for the shopper after some uniqueness, utility, and an inexpensive AWD system.

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How Hitler’s dream car became a top seller Book. Thinking Small: The Long, Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle The Volkswagen Beetle has a unique and colourful history, with principal characters that include the Nazi dictator who personified evil, the legendary designer of Germany’s most celebrated race cars and the Jewish advertising executive who pioneered a creative revolution on Madison Avenue. It’s a story whose twists and turns over four decades eventually gave rise to the oddly shaped small car that came to symbolize America’s 1960s counterculture and went on to become the world’s top-selling car model. In her book Thinking Small: The Long, Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle (Ballantine Books), author Andrea Hiott transports readers through the most turbulent decades of the 20th century, from the rise of Adolf Hitler to the Allied vicED Y! IT L M N LI E O M TI

tory that left postwar Germany in ruins, to that nation’s economic rebirth epitomized by the success of the Volkswagen plant at Wolfsburg. A car enthusiast who never drove an automobile or held a driver’s licence, Hitler had a vision for a “people’s car” that would extend to Germans the same mobility that Henry Ford’s Model T gave Americans. The dictator set out to build a network of autobahns and erect a massive factory in a pasture to build what he decreed to be The Strength Through Joy Car. The genius chosen as its de-

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signer was Ferdinand Porsche, who was told to produce a prototype by 1935 so that one million cars would come off the line within three years. But with Hitler bent on war, the plant’s mission shifted to arms production, and output shifted to mines, bazookas, V1 flying bombs and jeeplike utility vehicles. Among the surprises in Hiott’s comprehensive account is the importance of the plant’s location in the British occupation zone to its ultimate success. Another big “what-if” is the 1947 decision by Ford to pass up the chance to acquire Volkswagen. The reason, according to the author, was the plant’s proximity to the Soviet Bloc at a time when the Cold War was taking shape. Hiott’s account should appeal to history buffs, car enthusiasts and readers who delight in a fascinating story. The release of the book coincides with the debut of the 2012 Beetle that marks the second time the much-loved car is brought back by popular demand. the associated press




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Red light, green light? Your cellphone could know the answer Driving Force. Researchers at MIT working on system that could save drivers 20 per cent of fuel Jil MCintosh

SignalGuru • In addition to prompting for specific speeds to reach green lights, SignalGuru could potentially use routing software to send a driver down a side street rather than slow to a crawl in anticipation of a green light.

Red lights are crucial for traffic safety, but they can be hard on your gasoline consumption. Every time you stop for a red light, you use more fuel when idling and getting started again. Fuel-efficient drivers will try to regulate their speed so they reach the lights as they turn green, but that’s not always easy to do. Instead, a project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is using cellphone technology to figure out just when

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your next light is going to change. Since many people dock their smartphones on the dash for navigation, the researchers used them to devise a system called SignalGuru. The cellphone cameras, which point at the street when the screen is facing

the driver, photograph traffic lights as the vehicle approaches them. “The camera is used to study the pattern of the traffic signal,” says Emmanouil Koukoumidis, visiting researcher at MIT. “The information is downloaded from the mobile phones of drivers who have been through the intersection. Then we gather and process it, and we do what is called ‘machine learning.’” The collaborative system amasses information about each intersection, using maps and GPS to determine when the vehicle is approaching the traffic light. It then turns on the camera and captures video frames, determining exactly when the light changes from red to green. Using this information, along with pictures taken previously, SignalGuru “studies the past” to deter-

A look at SignalGuru in action. Patrick Gillooly, MIT.

mine the exact time the light will turn green in the future. “It will know that the intersection is red but it will turn green in 30 seconds, so if you drive at 40 km/h instead of 45 or 50, by the time you hit the intersection it will be green so you can cruise through without stop-

ping,” Koukoumidis says. Using Boston as a model, the researchers calculated that drivers could save 20 per cent of fuel with the system. The system is currently only a research prototype, although Koukoumidis has been contacted by commercial truck drivers interested

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Changing the radio game Audio. Internet radio is the next best thing in in-car listening Justin Pritchard

For drivers using their vehicle as a personal listening space, satellite radio has made terrestrial radio obsolete — but a new breed of ‘Internet’ radio may make satellite radio a thing of the past, too. Satellite radio is great. There’s plenty of selection. The audio quality is good. You’ll never have your listening interrupted to hear about the latest furniture sale or public service announcement about proper hand-washing. Oh, and you can’t drive out of range of a station since the signal is beamed down from space rather than across an expanse of land by an antenna. But satellite radio, like terrestrial radio, is one-way. Don’t like what you hear? Change the channel. And when you do, your most favourite song in the universe will come on while you listen to an OK song on another station — meaning


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An affordable sports car that can throw punches in the heavyweight class Dream car. 2012 Audi TT RS MALCOLM GUNN

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If the $136,000 Audi R8 is a wallet-buster, the 2012 TT RS that’s now on sale in limited numbers will still pin you to your seat and plaster a big, fat grin on your kisser for about half that amount. What’s this? A bargain Audi that can run with the vaunted R8 sports car? Well, sort of. Although not nearly as fetching as the R8, the TT coupe-based RS projects plenty of style and performance that sets it apart from the other TT models in the lineup. It’s doubtful that R8 owners will feel threatened by the TT RS, or vice versa. Each car has its own cachet that transcends the bottom line and both owners will likely be thoroughly satisfied with their purchases. What you should know • Type. Two-door, all-wheeldrive coupe. • Engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I5, turbocharged (360) • Mileage: L/100 km (city/hwy) 12.3/8.1 • Base Price (incl. destination): $69,600.

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Part of the secret to the car’s success is that the entire TT line is relatively flab-free. Fully 69 per cent of the structure is comprised of aluminum, while only 31 per cent is steel, a ratio that reduces the car’s heft by a claimed 48 per cent than if it were entirely constructed from steel. At about 1,500 kilograms, the RS weighs about the same as the Chevrolet Corvette coupe.

Manual transmission

As desirable as the RS is, you had better be one of the estimated five per cent of the nation’s drivers who prefer to shift for themselves, since a six-speed manual transmission is all you can get with this model. That seems limiting as most of the car’s direct competitors make available either an automatic or a faster-shifting dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.


The R8 is obviously in a different league than the TT RS, but the owner will have to drive the wheels off it to beat a TT RS in a stoplight war.

What R8 buyers are paying the big bucks for is a mid-shipmounted 430-horsepower V8, superb balance and supercar good looks. Meanwhile, the TT RS makes do with a comparatively puny front-mounted 360-horsepower 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Because the RS is turbocharged it makes 343 poundfeet of torque compared to the R8’s 317.

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